Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, explains why Doctor Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) didn’t appear on WandaVision.
The Disney + series had ample opportunity to introduce the Sorcerer Supreme: Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) is expected to appear in Doctor Strange in the Multiversum of Madness – slated for release on March 25, 2022 – and he was named in the finale .
Although Cumberbatch actually signed a deal with Marvel to appear on WandaVision’s final episode, it was advertised late in the process because “it would have taken what we didn’t want from Wanda,” Fig. Revealed to Rolling Stone.
“We didn’t want the end of the show to be the next movie – here’s the white guy: ‘Let me show you how power works,'” he said. According to Rolling Stone, this meant that the sequel to Doctor Strange also had to be rewritten to accommodate Cumberbatch’s appearance, which was cut off by WandaVision.
Also, chief writer Jac Schaeffer noted some of the ideas on how Cumberbatch could be incorporated into the show, including having Doctor Strange appear in one of the show’s Easter egg-filled ads, and that those commercials are actually Sorcerer Supreme messages to Wanda.